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NTR Mahanayakudu Review

Banner Name: NBK Films, Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram & Vibri Media
Producer: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati & Vishnu Induri
Director: Krish Jagarlamudi
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Certified Type:  U
Music Director: M. M. Keeravaani
Editor: Arram Ramakrishna
Language: Telugu
Story Writer:  L. Srinath
Sensor Board: CBFC
Cinematographer: Gnana Shekar V.S
Story Details

NTR Mahanayakudu’s story begins with NTR (Nandamuri Balakrishna) launching the Telugu Desam Party. He then tours across the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh and campaigns on his iconic Chaitanya Ratham, with his son Harikrishna (Kalyan Ram) as his charioteer.

With the massive public support, NTR becomes the Chief Minister. The real drama begins when NTR loses power due to a political conspiracy. How NTR fights his way back to power and how his better half Basavatarakam (Vidya Balan) loses her battle with cancer form the main crux of the film.

Just over a month after its first part NTR: Kathanayakudu, the much-awaited political journey of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NT Rama Rao came to life in Krish Jagarlamudi’s NTR: Mahanayakudu. Right at the outset, the audience has an idea about what’s going to unfold in front of them for the next couple of hours – NTR’s political journey is well documented after all. And yet, the filmmaker seems confused about what kind of a film he wants it to be – a love story or a dramatic thriller – and as the film progresses, it becomes a mix of both, and less of a biopic that it’s meant to be. Everything about this biopic seems to have been carefully thought out, which part of history to retell and which parts to ignore – perhaps, keeping in mind the optics ahead of the upcoming general elections. In NTR: Mahanayakudu, all you get is parts of NTR’s political journey, some told in a rushed manner, and some stretched beyond its potential. 

The film takes off from where Kathanayakudu ends – with NTR (played by Nandamuri Balakrishna) taking the political plunge. He’s seen as a political novice, almost dismissed as ‘just an actor’ by seasoned politicians. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, advances AP elections by eight months, in an attempt to catch NTR by surprise and blow him away. But NTR has people on his side, and he sweeps the election – there’s a telling moment that signifies the change in political winds when people leave Indira Gandhi’s rally to join NTR’s. The film actor becomes the Chief Minister, aided by Nadendla Bhaskar Rao (Sachin Khedekar) who joins his cabinet as the Finance Minister. 

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Simply put, Balakrishna shoulders the film with his one-man show. He delivers a fiery performance in his father NT Rama Rao’s role. Especially, Balayya’s power-packed acting in the confrontational scene with Indira Gandhi about Telugus’ self respect and his subtle histrionics and expressions in the Assembly scene will enthrall his fans. On the whole, NTR biopic will be remembered as one of Balayya’s finest performances in his career. National award-winning actress, Vidya Balan as Basavatarakam brings in emotion and depth to this political drama. She looks endearing in the scenes showcasing her love for her ‘bava’ NT Rama Rao. Bollywood actor Sachin Khedkar gets a meaty role and does quite well as NTR’s friend turned foe, Nadendla Bhaskara Rao. Kalyan Ram as his father Harikrishna and Rana Daggubati as NTR’s son-in-law Nara Chandrababu Naidu give decent performances. Rest of the actors like Bharath Reddy as NTR’s another son-in-law Daggubati Venkateswara Rao and Vennela Kishore as Rukmangadha Rao are adequately utilized by director Krish.
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Direction 8
Editor 8
Casting Producer 8
Art Department 8
Music Director 9

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Story Department 8
Choreography 8
Cinematography 8
Graphics 8
Field Publicity 8
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